Tuesday Morning: 29 Jan 2019 – John 7:37-52 ~ The promise of living water.

Tuesday Morning

+ In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen

Opening (Collect for Purity)

Almighty God: to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hid; cleanse the thoughts of my heart through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, that I may perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy name, through Christ my Lord. Amen.
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Morning Reading – John 7:37-52 (NLT)

Jesus Promises Living Water

On the last day, the climax of the festival, Jesus stood and shouted to the crowds, “Anyone who is thirsty may come to me! Anyone who believes in me may come and drink! For the Scriptures declare, ‘Rivers of living water will flow from his heart.’” (When he said “living water,” he was speaking of the Spirit, who would be given to everyone believing in him. But the Spirit had not yet been given, because Jesus had not yet entered into his glory.)

Division and Unbelief

When the crowds heard him say this, some of them declared, “Surely this man is the Prophet we’ve been expecting.” Others said, “He is the Messiah.” Still others said, “But he can’t be! Will the Messiah come from Galilee? For the Scriptures clearly state that the Messiah will be born of the royal line of David, in Bethlehem, the village where King David was born.” So the crowd was divided about him. Some even wanted him arrested, but no one laid a hand on him.

When the Temple guards returned without having arrested Jesus, the leading priests and Pharisees demanded, “Why didn’t you bring him in?”

“We have never heard anyone speak like this!” the guards responded.

“Have you been led astray, too?” the Pharisees mocked. “Is there a single one of us rulers or Pharisees who believes in him? This foolish crowd follows him, but they are ignorant of the law. God’s curse is on them!”

Then Nicodemus, the leader who had met with Jesus earlier, spoke up. “Is it legal to convict a man before he is given a hearing?” he asked.

They replied, “Are you from Galilee, too? Search the Scriptures and see for yourself—no prophet ever comes from Galilee!”
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Morning Reflection:

“The crowd was divided about him. Some even wanted him arrested,
but no one laid a hand on him.” – John 7:43-44

Once again, the crowd is divided on Jesus’ identity and consequently his authority and power to deliver on his promises. And at this point, John explains why – as yet, they have not received the promised “rivers of living water.”

(When he said “living water,” he was speaking of the Spirit,
who would be given to everyone believing in him.
But the Spirit had not yet been given,
because Jesus had not yet entered into his glory.) – John 7:39

Later on, Jesus will explain more about the gift of the Holy Spirit, but in this reading a few things stand out –

+ The Holy Spirit satisfies the deep longing (thirst) of human hearts to know God.

+ The blessing of the Holy Spirit was apportioned to those chosen by the Father at this point in the story.

+ The blessing of the Holy Spirit was given as a wellspring (river) to every believer in Jesus after his death, resurrection and ascension (entered into his glory).

Questions for consideration:

  • Do you consider yourself a believer in Jesus Christ? Please explain.
  • Does “Rivers of living water will flow from his heart” describe you?
  • How have you experienced the blessing of the Holy Spirit in your life?
  • How has the blessing of the Holy Spirit you received been a blessing to others?

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Morning Prayer:

Sovereign God: Send your Spirit into our unbelieving world to call people in every tribe and nation to faith in Jesus Christ, that all may confess him as Lord. And pour out your Spirit on your Church in all its shapes and forms, that we may be one in him – an ever-flowing source of healing, and a certain hope of eternal life. We ask this in Jesus’ name.
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“Living Water” – Gateway ft Lauren Dunn

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Closing:

May the peace of the Lord Christ go with you, wherever He may send you. May He guide you through the wilderness, and protect you through the storm. May He bring you home rejoicing at the wonders He has shown you. May He bring you home rejoicing once again into our doors.

+ In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen



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